The Department of Homeland Security announced that the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to address the president’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).
The purpose of the visit was to highlight the ongoing efforts of the Obama administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the NSTAC to safeguard the nation’s cybersecurity and critical infrastructure.”Protecting our nation’s critical networks and communications infrastructure remains a top priority for the administration,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Over the past year, we have worked together to strengthen the security and resilience of our nation’s communications infrastructure, which is essential to national security and emergency preparedness.”
Secretary Napolitano said the NSTAC has done a commendable job in securing the nation’s communications network. She underscored the NSTAC’s unique perspective on contributions to national security and emergency preparedness communications through projects, such as the NSTAC Report to the President on Communications Resilience published on April 19, 2011.NSTAC has addressed a wide range of policy and technical issues regarding communications, information systems, information assurance, critical infrastructure protection, and other National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) communications concerns.
Secretary Napolitano also acknowledged the initiatives like Border Interoperability Demonstration Project, undertaken by DHS to identify and test new emergency communications capabilities to help establish a nationwide public safety broadband network.